What is the age of enrollment?
Lyceum Kennedy French American School enrolls students Nursery through 12thgrade (Manhattan Campus) and Nursery through 5th grade (Ardsley Campus).
What if our family does not speak French?
Some LK students do not speak any French when they enroll in our school. However, our welcoming environment will allow all of them to learn French. LK provides a nurturing, friendly and safe environment where children learn the language through play, songs and class activities. All the teachers speak English and children know that whatever language they speak, their teacher will always address them appropriately. Support FLE (French as a Second Language) classes are also offered to non-French speakers. All correspondence from the school is done in both French and English, our teachers/school administrators are bilingual and use the language parents are the most comfortable speaking. It is important to note, that students whose families do not speak French are very successful students at our school.
Is there a program for students entering the Elementary school grade level without any formal French education?
Yes, usually after Pre-school, other French bilingual schools do not accept students without being enrolled in another French school. Lyceum Kennedy English curriculum creates a specific program for these students.
Will my child be able to transition into the American school system easily?
Yes, our quality education follows the New York State standards for all subject areas. Providing these standards ensures that our students can easily transfer to any American private or public school.
Will an immersion program in French affect my child’s reading abilities in English?
Even though a child may show some lag in certain areas of English language skills at the beginning, this is temporary and the student usually becomes an English speaker by the 3rd grade. Moreover, the students will transfer their reading skills from French to English and demonstrate more self-confidence than other children of their age.
We are coming from francophone country and our child does not speak English. How will he/she adjust?
When enrolled at LK, children find a nurturing and caring school environment. During English classes, from Nursery to Kindergarten, our students are provided immersion instruction; the school provides English as Second Language (ESL) classes(Manhattan: from Pre-Kindergarten – Ardsley: from 1ST grade) to help students improve their English language skills quickly as well as comprehensively and integrate them into the regular English class as soon as possible.
How can non-French-speaking families support French Language acquisition?
Parents are not required to speak French at home for their children to be enrolled. However, they can encourage their children and support their learning process by buying, renting or borrowing French CDs, videos and books; subscribing to French children’s magazines; using French-speaking baby-sitters; sending their children to our French Summer Program; travelling to French-speaking countries; organizing playdates with French-speaking families etc.
What if we speak a third language at home?
About one third of our students do speak a third language at home. Since bilingualism makes it easier to learn a third, even sometimes a fourth language. Children whose family speaks a language other than French or English tend to flourish at Lyceum Kennedy.
Is there a school uniform?
Yes, please review our official school’s uniform.
Do you provide a lunch program?
We offer three options for lunch. Children can bring their lunch every day, refrigerators and microwaves are available to all students, or they can register for our hot lunch program. Our lunch program caterer is Lunch in Hand. We use this local business because they offer a wide variety of meals and use fresh and natural products. Prices are reasonable and include an entrée which includes vegetables and dessert. Personalized menus are prepared for children with allergies or special diets. Option three is offered to grades 7th – 12th, this option requires parent permission for their child to eat off campus.
What are the benefits of bilingual education?
According to the United Nations figures, up to 80% of the world is bilingual. Being bilingual means more than just speaking two languages, it means that the individual also understands both cultures as well as the following:
- Fluency in two languages at an early age
- Ability to read earlier than monolingual peers
- Superior analytical skills
- Flexibility and creativity of thought
- Independent and critical thinking
- Stronger work habits as well as developing the independence of the child
- Appreciation and respect of other cultures
- Lifelong abilities to communicate across borders
- Adaptability to changes
- A greater ability to learn a third language or more
What are the benefits of Early Immersion?
According to the Center of Applied Linguistics – Immersion is defined as a method of foreign language instruction in which the regular curriculum is taught through the medium of the language. It is important to note that a foreign language is the vehicle for the content instruction; it is not the subject of instruction. Chances of achieving full fluency are greatest when the child starts exposure to the second language as early as possible. Our school offers a well-balanced bilingual immersion program where the acquisition of French is done without difficulty. After one year (more or less), students are able to express themselves in French, especially being surrounded by a community of French native speakers. At the same time, students develop their English language skills following the standards of the New York State English Language Arts curriculum. Even though students have less English instruction time than in a monolingual school, you will notice that they will transfer their reading skills from French to English.
Why learn French?
French is spoken by more than 200 million people, in 55 countries across five continents. And here are 10 other reasons to learn French:
- French is the third most common language on the Internet. Connect with pen pals, visit foreign websites and find student exchange opportunities.
- Get a head start on learning other Romance languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.
- French is a melodious and romantic language with a relatively quick learning curve.
- Develop critical, creative thinking and problem solving skills. French also provides the base for more than 50% of the modern English vocabulary, which improves performance on standardized tests.
- Open the doors to food, art, music, literature, fashion and architecture.
- Discover a new appreciation for other cultures in countries that speak French like: France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco and many African nations.
- Use French to pursue studies in francophone countries.
- Promote language diversity throughout the world.
- Be more competitive in the national and international job market in disciplines like business, medicine, aviation, law, transportation technologies, global/international distribution and luxury goods.
- French is the official working language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!
List written by The World Speaks French.
To learn more about the benefits of learning French, you can read the article by Richard Shryock: “French, the most practical foreign language”.